Montsable L’Esprit Reserve Chardonnay

"Elegant, silken-textured wine that reminds me of Chablis"

Montsable L’Esprit Reserve Chardonnay

2021, Languedoc-Roussillon France
  • Chardonnay from the Haute Vallee area of Limoux in the Languedoc (south of France)
  • 94/100, Top Rank and No.1 French Chardonnay from 2021 vintage (Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review) - "Elegant, silken-textured wine that reminds me of Chablis"
  • "They have a level of sophistication and pure drinkability that was unknown a decade or so ago." (Bob Campbell MW)
  • 5 Stars, 95/100 (Sam Kim)
  • Imported into NZ by Master of Wine Steve Bennett
Sam Kim – 95 Points
The Real Review – Top Rank
Bob Campbell MW – 4 Stars

17 in stock

RRP $39.99

$34.99

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Quality Chardonnay from Burgundy in France is quite something else – but so is the price! You can expect to fork out $40 to 50 for a decent bottle, pushing it beyond the everyday budgets of most Chardy lovers.

Montsable (pronounced mon-sarb-blur) have taken the Burgundian style (and even experienced Burgundian winemakers!) to the south of France (the Languedoc-Roussillon region to be exact) and produced an elegant style, gently oaked Chardonnay with times on lees for added complexity that gives genuine white Burgundians a run for their money at a price none can touch!

The Monstable label caught the eye of Master of Wine Bob Campbell, who said this recently in The Real Review:

“There appears to have been something of a revolution in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, and I am not referring to winemakers in the south overturning tankers of Spanish wine and demolishing Spanish wines in supermarkets. When I last visited the region I met winemakers who were not content to do things the way they had always done them (it’s called ‘tradition’) but wanted to explore new techniques, mostly in the vineyard, that would revolutionise wine quality.”

“Montsablé appears to have taken a leaf out of the winemaking book in Burgundy by backing off excessive oak influence, putting a strong focus on texture and building complexity with nutty lees contact. The result is deliciously drinkable wine at affordable prices. Both wines are from the hills and chalk-laced soils in the Haute Vallée area of Limoux in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. They have a level of sophistication and pure drinkability that was unknown a decade or so ago.

This is the Reserve label Montsable Chardonnay which Bob scored 94/100 and said “Elegant, silken-textured wine that reminds me of Chablis but with softer acidity.” It also ranked as the No.1 French Chardonnay from the 2021 vintage with The Real Review!

Produced in the high hills and chalky soils of vineyards nestled in the Haute Vallee area of Limoux in the Languedoc region. Take it to the next dinner party and tell them you spent twice the price! Serve lightly chilled with white meat dishes like roast chicken and grilled fish.

  • 13%
  • 750ml
  • Screwcap
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Montsable L'Esprit Reserve Chardonnay
Montsable L'Esprit Reserve Chardonnay 2021, Languedoc-Roussillon France
$34.99 RRP $39.99
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